1971 Firefighter Turnout Gear

Not too long ago, our firefighters had to face the flames in gear that wasn’t exactly heat resistant. Fortunately, turnout gear (firefighters’ personal protective equipment) has advanced: for about half a century, manufacturers have taken advantage of flame resistant plastic fabrics and materials that can stand up to extreme temperatures while keeping our fire fighters insulated from extensive heat and water. Some of today’s turnout gear can withstand temperatures up to 1,200 degrees.